Release Date: July 24,2017

Akron Zoo to host 12th annual Summer Safari

Summer Safari, the Akron Zoo’s largest fundraising event of the year, will take place Friday, July 28, 2017, from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.  The event includes a night of food, animals, auctions and live entertainment, with all proceeds benefiting the Akron Zoo and its conservation programs. 

During the event the entire zoo will be open and guests can enjoy up-close animal encounters while sampling food from more than 15 fine food purveyors, and enjoying beer, wine or a signature cocktail. For the first time ever guests will be able to bid on over 50 silent auction prizes or purchase raffle tickets from their phone or mobile device as they stroll through the zoo. Silent auction prizes include a ride on the Goodyear blimp, one-of-a-kind animal art, LeBron James warm up shoes, jewelry and more. The zoo will also be selling raffle tickets for a chance for one lucky person to win an amazing Disney theme park vacation package!  Prize includes 7 days/6 nights in a stunning 7-bedroom vacation home in Windsor at Westside Resort, located in Kissimmee, FL (home includes a private pool and spa, as well as access to all resort amenities), four Disney One-Day Park Hopper passes, roundtrip airfare for four, and a $500 Visa gift card. 

Tickets for Summer Safari start at $120. All proceeds benefit the Akron Zoo’s education and wildlife conservation efforts. For ticket information log onto or call (330) 375-2550 ext. 7231. Summer Safari is presented by the Lehner Family Foundation and Robert O. & Annamae Orr Family Foundation. Summer Safari is for adults 21 and older.